The highly anticipated case of the Supreme Court, the United States against Microsoft, which could have decided the scope of US jurisdiction over foreign servers, is now, for all intents and purposes, dead. On March 30, the Justice Department moved to dismiss the lawsuit as moot, and today, Microsoft filed to agree to the motion. While the Supreme Court has not yet officially withdrawn the case, it is an inevitable conclusion that they will.
Both the government and Microsoft agree that the new CLOUD law makes the demand meaningless. In the USA UU V. Microsoft, Federal authorities clashed with Microsoft over the validity of a Stored Communications Act order for data stored on a server in Dublin. The CLOUD Law creates new and clear procedures for obtaining legal data orders in this type of cross-border situations. In the motion to vacate last week, the Department of Justice revealed that it had obtained a new arrest warrant under the CLOUD Act.
Although the new law is not without controversy, Microsoft supported the CLOUD Act while it was still a bill and again took the opportunity to praise it in its submission to the Supreme Court, calling it a "nuanced legislative scheme that creates a modern legal framework for the application of the law access to data across borders ".